Kishtwar Road Accident: Protest against Govt for not air lifting the bodies

KL Report


Scores of residents from Pantachowk Srinagar Tuesday staged a protest against State Government for not airlifting bodies of three persons of a single family who were killed in a road mishap in the Warwan Valley of Kishtwar district on Sunday night.

At least 10 labourerswere killed when a vehicle engaged by the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) rolled down into the 1300 feet deep gorge around midnight due to dense fog and heavy snowfall.

Amoung the 10 deceased three persons, Muhammad Latif Shah, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and Shahjehan Shah belonged to the same family whose bodies are still lying in Primary Health Centre Afti in Kishtwar.

The residents of Pantachowk while staging the protest alleged that Government has been taking no measures to air lift the dead bodies. The protestors refuted those media reports in which Government had claimed that it is trying all possible means to send the dead bodies to their native areas

“I lost my father, uncle and cousin in that accident. We urge upon the Government to find ways to air lift their bodies,” one of the protestors Muhammad Omar told CNS.

The protestors including wailing women alleged that they were forcibly vacated by police when they staged a peaceful protest outside the Gupkar residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

When contacted a top official told CNS that the bodies of all the deceased persons have been kept at PHC Afti and a message has been forwarded to concerned authorities for air-lifting the bodies to their native places. The official however added that weather conditions in the area were not favorable for pressing a helicopter into service and so the process may take some time.

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